ineedadisplayname's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: H
Beneficiary's Name: Me
VJ Member: ineedadisplayname
Country: Romania

Last Updated: 2019-04-10
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Immigration Checklist for H & Me:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bucharest, Romania
I-129F Sent : 2017-09-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-09-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-03-13
NVC Received : 2018-03-23
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-03-23
NVC Left : 2018-03-28
Consulate Received : 2018-03-29
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-04-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-04-18
US Entry : 2018-06-23
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 179 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 213 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2018-06-23
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Super easy, no line, waiting in line and with everything was less than 15 minutes.
Waited longer for my suitcase....

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Saint Louis MO
Date Filed : 2018-07-13
NOA Date : 2018-07-19
RFE(s) : 2018-08-02
Bio. Appt. : 2018-08-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2019-03-11
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-04-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2019-04-10
Comments : We waited an hour past of our inital interview timem
The interview itself was like 20 minutes. The IO didn't ask much just the standard questions from the form and added that I work, where and since when on the form.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-07-13
NOA Date : 2018-07-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2018-11-26
Date Card Received : 2018-12-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 136 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-07-13
NOA Date : 2018-07-19
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2018-12-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 136 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bucharest, Romania
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 17, 2018
Embassy Review : As other people said in previous reviews the interview was at 1PM. It makes sense to arrive like five minutes before, but not more than ten, otherwise you will wait across the street from the embassy in a bus stop style covered area....
Since I am not from Bucharest I had a big backpack with me, but I left it in the Baneasa Shopping City. There is a garderobe (pin coded wood cabinets - different sizes) on the first floor (la parter) not far from from the entrance where the Starbucks is. From there you can walk to the embassy, it's like 20 minutes walk, around 2 km.

I didn't enter the building first, also at the first window I was not the first to give my papers. People just presented at the window in the order we entered the building. Be sure you have the correct picture, not just the size, but also to be sharp and crisp. They took the picture, but the lady said I should get a new set of pictures for further documents (AOS I assume) because this is not that good and she couldn't scan it or the system rejected it or something.

Honestly not sure how long I was sitting there, but I was called first to a different window, where the consul was waiting for me. After taking my fingerprints and maybe the oath or the oath was coming later, don't remember cleary she asked if I want to do the interview in a more private setting, or it's ok at this window. I said I am fine here, actually I didn't care if other people would hear my answers. The distance between the windows and the waiting area is kinda small, it's like a corridor.

The interview itself went fine. I was nervous before, but when we started I just calmed down. I think she asked the questions you would find if you google k1 interview questions, maybe a bit more tailored and customized based on your answers, she didn't ask anything special, a big part of the interview was about how we met, how many times, where, and basically the history of our relationship, etc.

I took the following documents with me:

1. Passport
2. DS-160 (confirmation page)
3. 2 Passport style photo (They asked only one)
4. Affidavit of Support Form I-134 (Scanned copy was fine, but I confirmed that with them before the interview)
5. Supporting documents for 134 (tax transcripts, property ownership, tax extension for 2017, etc)
6. My Birth Certificate (original and copy)
7. Divorce decree (HAS TO BE ORIGINAL and certified)
8. Police clearances
9. Medical Exam result
10. Proof of relationship (emails, pictures, etc)
11. Visa payment fee from Banca Transilvania. (I didnt' have this, I payed the fee online on ustraveldocs. They didn't ask for the confirmation becuse they can see the payment based on the passport number, so be sure if you pay online, that the ustraveldocs profile is completed correctly)
Rating : Very Good

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